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Great Lakes A School Q&A


Great Lakes A School Q&A

The purpose of this group is to allow family of new sailors assigned to school at Training Support Center Great Lakes a chance to voice questions to a Student Division Commander

Location: Great Lakes, IL
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Comment by Jennie on April 27, 2015 at 11:54am

yes ashleysmom they are allowed to visit at Navy Lodge-just no overnight stays-

Comment by ashleysmom on April 21, 2015 at 9:02pm

My daughter doesn't leave for bootcamp until July 14, 2015 and I've been looking at hotels for September and want to stay at Navy Lodge. Are they allowed to visit at Navy Lodge and go in your room?

Comment by robin918 on April 20, 2015 at 8:39pm

Hi Rhonda the Courtyard Marriott cost for $94.00 per night - for PIR and the other 2 nights it was $84.00 using other discounts !!!

Comment by Anti M on April 20, 2015 at 6:52am

Gateway on base can be problematic for A school sailors, as it is off limits to them most of the time, and you need military ID to book a room and have base access.

From the liberty phase guidelines:

 2) Students are prohibited from entering Bldg 30 (Boorda Hall), Bldg 62 (Navy Gateway Inns and Suites), the 400 complex (with the exception of BEQ 439) and on-base housing (which includes the Navy Lodge) and Forest City Housing unless you are listed as a resident. During recruit graduation weekend from Recruit Training Command, if recruits attaching to to TSC-GL have family staying in the Navy Lodge or Gateway Inns and Suites, they will be required to route a special request chit to the OIC to be able to enter and meet the family at their room. 

Comment by Rhonda on April 16, 2015 at 1:14am
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all the helpful advice on where to stay (and not to stay), along with prices. I can't stand dirty or hotels in disrepair. I will def call and ask for navy grad discounts when making reservations.
Comment by Jennie on April 14, 2015 at 4:51pm

I just got home yesterday from my sailor's PIR - he is at TSC now for A school.

We stayed at the Navy Lodge and were very comfortable. sailors are allowed to visit (we signed mine every day) they are not allowed to rent the room or stay overnight

If you have ANY questions send an email to RTC and they are very prompt in responding -

we  would recommend it to anyone going. when we go back we have a reservation at Gateway Inn which is on base (I didn't know about that one ahead of time)

Comment by W2110 on April 14, 2015 at 11:19am

We stayed at the Springhill Suites in Waukegan

Military discount is available for PIR weekend, make sure you ask for it. I think it was around $79 a night. Rooms were very nice, comfortable bed, and a really nice free breakfast in the morning. They also have a lounge area with a small bar and the prices were not bad! Walking distance to Sarge's meet and greet (which I recommend attending) and 10-15 minutes to the base. The rooms also have a comfortable sitting area with a couch, chair and coffee table (so you don't all have to sit on the bed to catch up), plus a mini fridge, coffee maker and microwave. Walmart is right across the street too. If your son is indeed staying in GL for A school he will definitely want to hit up a Walmart, lol. It is also only 15 minutes to the Gurnee Mall which has a massive variety of stores and many excellent restaurants.

Comment by Bobbie on April 14, 2015 at 8:34am

We've stayed at 5 different hotels in the time my son has been there.  Navy Lodge for PIR (which was great), Ramada (wouldn't recommend) and a few ok ones.  The best one, by far, was the LaQuinta Inn and Suites in Bannockburn which is about 10-15 minutes from the base.  The rooms were very large, clean and comfortable beds.  We received the military discount. Friday night was $70 and Saturday night was $75.  Good breakfast with a waffle bar and large continental assortment.

Comment by amy3boys on April 14, 2015 at 7:02am

taylorb98.  If I am not mistaken there are two Navy Lodges.  One that sailors are not able to access (maybe its on base?) and then the other one is outside.  I I have never heard that sailors were not able to come to the one that is off base...In fact they encourage you to decorate your hotel door for your sailor etc.  The prices are very reasonable.

Comment by TML629 on April 14, 2015 at 6:19am

Do not stay at the Ramonda I stayed there 2 weeks ago they are working on it but still has a long way to go Also make sure you use Surges Taxi when you are there they know the area and can drive farther on Base then most of the service in the area. Most of the other hotels in that area all look from the out side to be in great shape. Enjoy PIR it was so great.


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